Counting the ways

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Originally Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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At Thanksgiving, I reflect on being a Muslim American and that for which I am thankful. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to fill my stomach, thankful to my parents for raising me up with love, thankful to practice my religion freely, inasmuch as my forefathers were persecuted in Pakistan for their beliefs, thankful for living in a land of opportunity, and for being able to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician. And I thank all those in my life who made this possible. As the prophet Muhammad instructed, “One who is not thankful to people, is not thankful to Allah (God).”

 

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